After Colton was discharged, they were faced with a stack of accumulated bills that totaled around $23,000, and there were more on the way., During a January 2012 interview with Natalie Tizzel on the Canadian television show 100 Huntley Street, the real Colton Burpo attempted to describe the Armageddon that he claims he got to see a preview of while he was in Heaven. Why are you touching me?' As many Christians say, believing is seeing, not the other way around. Colton Burpo, the subject of the book-turned-movie "Heaven is for Real," says he stands by his story and that Jesus "really, really loves you," just days after another boy, Alex Malarkey, who had also claimed to have visited heaven and had a book based on his experience, revealed that he lied. Following two surgeries at Great Plains (to clean the poison and infection out of his abdomen) and a bowel complication, he was finally discharged on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 after approximately sixteen days. In fact, I started sharing my story with my friends and people in our town way before there was a book called Heaven is for Real.". Not exactly. pictures, Colton said, "That one's right," Resurrection, caught Colton Burpo's visits to Heaven. Colton's father, Todd Burpo, says that he asked his son this very question. "I know there has been a lot of talk about the truth of other Heaven stories in the past few days," says Burpo on his website. Like in the movie, Colton was initially too afraid to hold the spider, but his desire for a sticker convinced him to hold Rosie just prior to leaving. The video was shot in 2012 Family, friends, friends of friends, and acquaintances began sending them money, which helped them significantly., Yes. Join over 250,000 others to get the top stories curated daily, plus special offers! In light of a recent development where one young boy reveals that his experience in Heaven is not real, Colton Burpo, the subject of the book-turned-movie Heaven is for Real, is speaking out about the details of his own life.He wants us to know that his story is true… -Heaven is for Real book. He also wrote about what he now believes is the clear path to salvation., No. I want to keep telling people about my experience because it has given hope to so many people. It was during this time the boy says he went to Heaven, met Jesus, and saw Mary and the angels. Watch for Miracles from Heaven sometime in 2016. In the Heaven is for Real book, the real Todd Burpo mentions that the year prior to Colton's emergency surgery was a rocky one, with injury and illness that included a shattered leg, two surgeries, kidney stones, and a cancer scare. Franklin is currently working on a movie entitled Miracles from Heaven, about a little girl with an incurable disease who visits Heaven and receives a miraculous healing from Jesus, after many top trained doctors could not heal her. Yes, and like in the movie, he recognized Pop only after Todd showed him a photo from when Pop was younger (pictured above), because as Colton told his father, nobody's old in Heaven and nobody wears glasses. an afterlife, who have accused them of At the time he made up the tale, he was only 6-years-old and had no personal knowledge of the Bible. Tizzel in January 2012 for the Canadian By the next morning he was feeling better. television program 100 Huntley A CT scan quickly revealed the problem, a burst appendix. Watch interviews with Colton Burpo and his father Todd Burpo and mother Sonja. told him about. This segment aired on the Christian Not just in film, but in television.”. -Heaven is for Real book. "I knew that I was leaving Heaven because Jesus came to me and said, 'Colton, you need to go back.' The real Colton Burpo supposedly told his father that he was in Heaven for three minutes. visited Heaven and spoke to Jesus. Just when Todd's shattered leg was finally almost behind him and it seemed like things had begun to turn a corner, they quickly found themselves back in the hospital for a near two week long stay following Colton's burst appendix. He awoke two months later and claimed that angels took him through the gates of heaven to meet Jesus. I understood what was going on because, well, I was up there for a while so, you figure out what's goin' on after a while. -Heaven is for Real book, Yes. Delving into the book as part of our examination into the true story behind the, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, January 2012 interview with Natalie Tizzel, Akiane Kramarik's Website - The Prodigy Who Visited Heaven (Colton Recognized Her Portrait of Jesus), Crossroads Wesleyan Church - Pastor Todd Burpo's Church in Imperial, Nebraska. The Burpos are Protestants. But another thing is, before I die, I wanna be able to share as much as I can, so I can bring as many people with me." prodigy whose portrait of Jesus, titled The real Colton Burpo was in the hospital for much longer than the movie implies. Starring Greg Kinnear, Connor Corum, Thomas Haden Church, Kelly Reilly, Copyright © 2020, CTF Media. Prince of Peace: The Colton Burpo home movie footage and photos Unfortunately, this has brought doubt to the entire genre of books and movies detailing stories of Heaven. I tried to reason away what he was saying, but the scene where he said he saw me yelling at God and his mom in another room, he nailed all that first. "I wanted to tell people about my experience. At the time of the miscarriage, Sonja was two months along. And finally she told me who she was, and it was just amazing because she was finally glad someone from her family was up in Heaven." his then three-year-old son, Colton, who He says that the family's bank account had been drained to such a degree that he could almost hear "sucking sounds" when the statements came in the mail. 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What are your beliefs about Heaven is for Real and other movies of that genre? Do you want award-winning journalism with a Christian worldview, delivered to your inbox? this version of 'Amazing Grace (My Chains After reading the Bible and understanding that what he did was wrong, Alex has taken on the daunting task of publicly declaring his mistake. It was at that point that Colton Burpo's father became aware of what his son was trying to tell them all along. Recently, Alex Malarkey, The Boy Who Went to Heaven, revealed that his story is not real and did not happen. After hearing about everything his son had done in Heaven, Todd Burpo knew that such a short amount of time didn't make sense. A kid that age can't act, so God had to find a kid that was just like Colton and He did." “Dear friends, I know there has been a lot of talk about the truth of other Heaven stories in the past few days. Pop was only sixty-one years old when he passed away. The crash paralyzed Malarkey and it was unlikely he'd survive after slipping into a coma.